Eric Guerin joins Arts People’s Client Services Team

Introducing the newest member of our Client Services team… Eric Guerin!

Eric joins us from Michigan where he was the Director of the Brighton Center for the performing arts. Eric was a client of ours and he says he loved Arts People so much he entertained the idea of joining our team for over a year now. He is excited to join a team of like minded individuals, socially conscious geeks with a love of the arts!

He’s been a roadie, a photographer, a lighting technician, a stage manager and loves just about anything that involves a creative process. His newest art obsession is blacksmithing. Here you see him getting ready right on opening night for Brighton High School’s rendition of “Honeymoon in Vegas”, his last show at the center.

Eric says he will miss working with his staff and students but is excited for the next chapter in his life!

Welcome Eric! We’re lucky to have you on the team.

Caren White - QA Tester

Caren White Moves to Our QA Team

Caren White - QA TesterAnother Arts People staff member will be changing role within the company. Caren White, who has been part of our Admin team for the past year and a half, is now moving into our newly formalized Quality Assurance team as QA Tester. Her attention to detail and quickly expanding knowledge of the system will be a great asset in this new position.

“As the Admin Assistant, I worked primarily on accounting related Caren White - QA Testeritems, but with this move, I get to learn every facet of the system which is really exciting for me.”

Caren’s former positions are diverse, to say the least, surely giving her a broad perspective that we value here at Arts People. “I’ve held positions in many completely different fields before coming to Arts People! For example, I have been a Creative Writing Lecturer at a university, a Logistics Coordinator for a brewery, and a Makeup Artist for a beauty brand. My specialty though has always been in creative/technical writing and communication. I hold a BA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a MA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry.”

Caren White Art WorkCaren also has some very intriguing creative pursuits. “In my free time, I love to create embroidery and cross-stitch works from my own patterns. This form of needle work has such a long history of being delicate, feminine, and polite, but I like to create subversive patterns that push the work out of such outdated parameters. My future goal is to create a shop for my work where all the proceeds will end up back Care White - Art Workinto that community through various organizations. I want to use a medium that perhaps used to be considered simply a way for women to pass idle time and turn it into art and activism.” Some samples of her work are attached. “The Christmas ornaments are actually from this last Christmas. I actually sold a bunch of them and donated to the ACLU.”

Thanks Caren! Congratulations on the new position and we look forward to all you create.

Patrick Spike - Marketing Director for Arts People

Patrick Spike moves into role as Marketing Director of Arts People

Patrick Spike, one of the original staff members of Arts People, is changing roles within the company. Having consulted on the original system design with original founder and programmer Ness Blackbird, then started work with the company back in October of 2006, Spike joined to develop the client services department and policies.

After a few years he was able to hand off this department to another capable staff member and transitioned into a new role that eventually evolved into his current position as Product Manager & System Expert. Here he’s been managing all the myriad details around various planned or potential future projects and requested features, fostering things through to completion with the tech team and release to clients.

Now it’s time for another project! Arts People will be looking to Spike’s extensive communication and marketing background to help the company develop its marketing arm. This will compliment the sales team’s long standing one-on-one consulting work with organizations looking to improve their tools for ticketing, fundraising, marketing and more. In this role Spike will be planning and coordinating the company’s presence, message, materials, social media and online communications. He’ll work with sales staff gearing up for conferences we attend across the country, and to look toward the future of the company’s communication needs.

Spike has worked his magic twice before developing processes within Arts People and we’re excited to see how this new effort develops. Don’t worry though. His knowledge of the system and of the performing arts industry will still be tapped by our staff when needed to help us meet the variety of needs of our clients. First and foremost, we continue to support the arts in our communities, and help the organizations that produce and propel the arts forward.

Patrick Spike has over 30 years in performing arts creative, administrative, marketing and fundraising work. He continues to perform and direct various theatre projects, consults with many organizations and volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations. Visit his online portfolio at for more information.

Thanks Spike!

SETC2017 Conference Wrap Up

Our sales team members Jon and Marc had a great time meeting current clients, and demonstrating the Arts People system to potential clients at the recent Southeastern Theatre Conference in Lexington, KY. The conference itself was very well attended with wonderful presentations, auditions, performances and more.  We were very proud to be a part of this event, including as a sponsor.

We look forward to next year, helping organizations to discover the power and ease of the Arts People ticketing, fundraising, marketing, reporting, patron management system, with built in CRM tools and our world-class customer service all designed specifically around the needs of the performing arts.

As part of our program of giving back to the arts, three organizations who entered the drawing at our booth each won a $100 donation to support their work.  They included the James Clemens Theatre at James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama, Hoof ‘n’ Horn Theatre at Duke University, and Birmingham Children’s Theatre.  Your work inspires us!

Our congratulations to all the winners and honorees at this year’s event!


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